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Date: Tue Apr 23 1996 - 16:21:37 PDT
Sri Sadagopan had broached this subject last year. I am not sure if this point was brought across or not. The subject was why was the number 32 so important to Vedanta Desikar as well as other Acharyas? There are 32 ways of reaching God as well as 32 obstacles on the path of reaching God. If one overcomes all 32 obstacles on the path of obtaining Paramapadam, one is considered to have attained Moksha. The chief obstacle is Bhagavan's will to punish the baddha jivatma for wrong doing. If this obstacle is overcome by either Bhakti Yoga or Prapatti, the other 31 are overcome relatively rapidly. Jaganath.